Nicholas Oldisworth (1611-1645) and the Westminster School Poets
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Westminster School’s seventeenth century record as a nursery of poets will probably never be equalled. Its major luminaries are Jonson, Herbert and Dryden. A little further down the scale are Cowley, Randolph, Alabaster, Strode, Corbett, Cartwright, Henry King, and George Fletcher, followed by the lesser lights of Martin Llyellen, Jasper Mayne, George Morely, Brian Duppa, and, I would like to add, Cardell Goodman and Nicholas Oldisworth. The importance of the School has been noted by Crum, Anselment and Marotti, amongst others, but we can get a better understanding of how the poetic community worked from the evidence provided by Nicholas Oldisworth.
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